REVIEWS

DETAILS

PRESS

Default user
JORDAN RIEFE the hollywood reporter says "sweet" · June 04, 2015
The production features exceptional performances, inspired staging and brilliant use of sign language to overcome the Tony-winning musical’s inherent flaws.... full review

Was this review helpful? yes · no

Default user
DON GRIGWARE broadwayworld, grigware reviews says "sweet" · May 29, 2015
Spring Awakening, through folk based and alternative rock... boasts some expertly staged storytelling, singing, choreography and exuberant performances at the Wallis Annenberg through June 7 only. This is a brief return of Deaf West's critically-acclaimed production from last fall 2014 directed by Michael Arden.... full review

Was this review helpful? yes · no

U 1040 t 7631507
STEVEN STANLEY stagescenela says "sweet" · May 29, 2015
The ground-breaking Spring Awakening not only equals (and perhaps even surpasses) Deaf West’s previously re-imagined musicals Big River and Pippin, it may well follow the former’s example and be Broadway-bound as well.... full review

Was this review helpful? yes · no

Default user
CHARLES MCNULTY la times says "sweet" · May 30, 2015
This version of "Spring Awakening" must go down as a rousing success. Beyond the enthralling scenic design, the production has a youthful ensemble vigor that reanimates the joyful sense of discovery while recalling the anxiety, sorrow and disillusionment that are every bit as much a part of growing up. Deaf West's admirable inclusiveness seduces us through its artfulness. This is a show for anyone who wants to see a contemporary American musical superbly done. ... full review

Was this review helpful? yes · no

Default user
PATRICK HURLEY that awesome theatre blog says "sweet" · May 31, 2015
Under the direction of Michael Arden this beautifully staged production hits all the right notes, and even discovers a hidden depth in the material like only Deaf West Theatre can. ... full review

Was this review helpful? yes · no

U 3221 t 220155
ELLEN DOSTAL broadwayworld says "sweet" · June 01, 2015
So much of what I felt the first time around continues to be true now so I have reprinted my original review below. If it is possible, I am more in love with this company than ever. Delicate, poetic, and brutally honest in delivering its message, this is one for the books. Go. Get your tickets and just go.... full review

Was this review helpful? yes · no

Default user
PAUL BIRCHALL stage raw, stage and cinema says "sweet" · June 04, 2015
The work here is exemplary: Not just a means of communication, the use of ASL and subtitles actually serves to add Kubuki-like layers of emotion and meaning to the dialogue and music. ... full review

Was this review helpful? yes · no

U 46989 t 1333672
KATIE BUENNEKE la weekly says "bitter sweet" · June 03, 2015
Deaf West’s Spring Awakening soars to great heights — when it’s good, it’s amazing to behold. But the show also falters too often to warrant a wholehearted recommendation.... full review

Was this review helpful? yes · no

Default user
SYLVIE DRAKE cultural weekly says "sweet" · June 04, 2015
The DWT production at the Wallis confirms this perspective. It is difficult to call this production a play or a musical in the narrow conventional sense. This Spring awakens a fluidity that is much more balletic, with the ceaseless on stage movement of people, projections, sets and lights, animated by three stationary musicians and a collection of ambulatory ones, plus a piano-player whose piano does the wandering for him. It’s everybody doing everything all at once.... full review

Was this review helpful? yes · no

Default user
PAULINE ADAMEK artsbeatla, stage raw says "bitter sweet" · June 04, 2015
The show is largely enjoyable, and there’s a lot to admire about this complex staging of Spring Awakening, but I just felt emotionally unengaged when I should have been gripped by the drama.... full review

Was this review helpful? yes · no

critics say

92% SWEET

Sweet
13 reviews counted